Physically, he looks the part. Standing in at 6’0, 202 pounds, Awuzie ran a blazing 4.43 40 time at the combine. He also had an impressive 11-foot broad jump, second-best among all prospects this year.
“I’m a cornerback that thinks like a Mike linebacker,” he told SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner in an interview.
I don’t mean to dismiss the Journal’s data out of hand. It’s clear that quarterbacks from losing college teams have generally fallen short in the NFL. But in Mahomes’ case, the gap between offense and defense makes it hard to focus on a won-lost record at all.
A more serious concern is that quarterbacks from air raid offenses, like Mahomes’ at Texas Tech, have struggled to thrive in NFL offenses. That’s a legitimate cause for worry, even if you believe in Mahomes’ ability.
But pro offenses have come in recent years to look more like the air raid. The Patriots have used scores of former air raid receivers and air raid concepts. It might be time for the league to adapt to air raid QBs on a broader scale. That would be great news for players like Mahomes.
Maybe Mahomes will be a dominant NFL quarterback for years. Maybe he won’t.
Talent, work ethic, scheme fit, and injuries will help decide his fate. His terrible defenses at Texas Tech won’t have anything to do with it. “I think [Atkins] showed that if you can play, you can play no matter your size,” Donald told the MMQB. “If you can be productive, make plays and help the team win games, that’s what it’s all about. He did that and all the teams passed on him Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys because they thought he was undersized. I bet a lot of teams are regretting that now. He’s one of the best three techniques in the MLB Jerseys China NFL for sure. The success he’s having in the NFL, I think he paved the way for a lot of guys that were undersized.”